RMIT Gallery delights at White Night Melbourne

crowds A steady stream of enthusiastic art lovers flocked to RMIT Gallery for the last night of Experimenta Recharge – an interactive exhibition of media art. To the hum of the music around the nearby State Library,  patrons played with the art works, delighting especially in Brazilian artist Anasia’s Franco’s “Emanating Happiness”. white night happiness Anaisa Franco works with robotics and low-fi electronics to produce interactive sculptures and installation that connect mechanical processes with the subconscious human mind.   “Emanating Happiness” was developed during an artist in residence program at Creative and Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney as part of the EMARE AUS CDN Move On Exchange (European media artists in residence in exchange with Australia and Canada). This program is supported by the Culture 2013 Programme of the European Commission and the Goethe Institute. teeth Inspired by psychology, dreams and the possibilities inherent in DIY electrical engineering, Franco animates objects – such as her reactive shattering mirror “Frustration” (below) with behaviours and feelings to blur the boundaries between body, mind and machine.

franco mirror crowd

Franco’s work “Paranoia” 2010, a reactive sculpture, had audiences reaching for their phones to record the false teeth screaming and laughing. Instant replays were viewed as people left the gallery – a lingering memento of Experimenta Recharge ready for replay at any time.

eiwada

The performance piece “Toki Ori Ori Nasu: Falling Records 2013” featuring reel to reel tape decks, pedestals and sound by Japanese artist and musician Ei Wada attracted a large audience, keen to see his speculative work in action. Ei Wada was inspired by an incident in which he observed a tape dropping and piling up on a floor – and he imagined a future in which inhabitants of some unknown culture and who have never seen a tape recorder may uncover this machine with one broken reel and try to play the tape back…… Wn darrin The collective work by Darrin Verhagen, Stuart McFarlane, and Toby Brodel only allows one person at a time in the blacked out sound booth – but a patient audience queued for to watch – and listen – to the work “A series of small wire objects (many of them uninteresting)”. The piece is  is concerned with extending sound art composition into visual form through the use of an ordinary sculptural object as a means of focusing audience attention. The artists explore how the simplest of objects may be transformed into something startling and mesmerising through the simultaneous use of sound, light and colour.

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